Robert R. Hemphill
My real estate career started at the Swearingen Management Company in Dallas, Texas. The year was 1984 and the Swearingen company was one of the city’s top Real Estate firms. I remember calling on the company for an interview. They told me that the Swearingen Company only hired experienced agents. Through persistence and some creative selling skills, I was soon having coffee with the company’s vice president. It was an entry level property management position, but it didn’t matter, I was in the commercial Real Estate business.
Arriving in Austin
In 1986 I had just returned from a weekend running the capital 10K in downtown Austin. A short time later a broker told me about a company called Smith Allen. They were looking for a leasing agent to help them open an office in Austin. It sounded perfect. But when I called the developer for an interview, he told me that he was very busy. Tomorrow he was leaving town for two weeks. I asked him if I could come right now. He thought a minute and said yes. I arrived in Austin two months later and started leasing and managing industrial space.
During the years at Smith Allen, I was responsible for the construction leasing and management of a mid-sized industrial real estate portfolio. I also participated in the development of several build to suit warehouse properties, which included a 40,000 square foot building for Ashland Chemical and the 200,000 square foot manufacturing facility for Siemens.
Republic Commercial Properties
In 1993 my friend Doug and a partner in the Real estate brokerage firm of Republic Commercial Properties approached me about working together on a bid for a large FDIC portfolio. The bid specifications required that you had to have a CPM designation. Amazingly I had just completed my CPM. We won the bid and I was now self-employed as a broker at Republic Commercial Properties.
The Robert R. Hemphill Co.
In June of 2003 the owner of Republic Commercial Properties encouraged me to start my own Real Estate Company. The good working relationship of the past 10 years with Republic Commercial had created a new opportunity. This opportunity allowed me to achieve a dream I had since high school: "to be self-employed and own my own company".
Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing TEXAS TECH university
Certified Property Manager (CPM) Designation
Certified Commercial Investment Member, (CCIM) Designation
Texas Real Estate Broker
Over 33 years in Austin Commercial Real Estate
Completed over 800 lease transactions ranging in size from 1,000 square feet to 35,000 square feet.
Managed Retail, Industrial, structured parking and office properties
Sold over 100 million in industrial, and office properties
The Investment sale of Brocton Lane 120,000 square feet Industrial building leased to Dell Computers
The lease renegotiations for the 30,000 square feet Pro-logis Industrial building leased to Bridgepoint Technical
The co-brokerage Sale of the twenty acre, 200,000 SF Central Freight Facility.
The Sale of 20 Acres on retail land located on Williams Drive in Georgetown Texas.
Office lease with Riverside Resources lease
Bank America lease buyout
Commercial Brokers Association (formerly CLBA) Past President
Central Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (CTCAR) Past President
Downtown Rotary Club Past Member
CCIM, Central Texas Chapter – Past Board Member in charge of Programs
Young Men’s Business League